Photos by G. Art by Greg Simkins.
Artist Greg “Craola” Simkins has a new must see exhibit called “Inside the Outside” at the Joshua Liner Gallery in New York. Prior to visiting the opening night reception, I was already familiar with Greg’s amazing art work, but I had never seen any of it in person. Naturally, it was love at first sight and when I met the artist, I am pleased to report he was extremely nice. He started doing graffiti under the name “Craola” at age 18 and his creativity and talent led him to working on video games such as “Spiderman 2.” He moved on to painting with acrylics and as you will see below (or at the above links), his body of work is incredible! Until I read his bio, I didn’t realize he was born in Torrance, California, not too far from where I grew up, and I am sad that we didn’t get to talk about adventures at Del Amo Mall or Chick-Fil-A. You win some, you lose some. Greg Simkins sites one of my favorites, The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster as one of his favorite books and he weaves the surreal and psychedelic into his amazing paintings. A lot of his works have the detail and fantasy of Mark Ryden, yet his work allows you to slip away into worlds that could only come from the brilliant mind that is Greg Simkins. “Inside The Outside” is now showing at the Joshua Liner Gallery (located at 548 West 28th Street, 3rd Floor in New York) until July 1, 2010. Don’t miss it!
See a few more of Greg Simkins’ wonderful works after the jump.